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Johnson fractures leg during spring practice

BLOG: Ole Miss rising junior defensive end C.J. Johnson fractured his fibula during Wednesday’s practice and will miss the remainder of the spring.

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze said he didn’t see the injury happen but assumed someone rolled up on Johnson.

“Injuries are a part of this game and you sure hate it for the kids,” he said. “C.J. has a fracture in his leg and we’ll get that thing fixed this week and get him back on the way to recovery.”

Freeze added that he expects Johnson to be back for the fall.

As a sophomore this season, Johnson really came into his own as a full-time defensive end.

The 6-foot-3, 233-pound Philadelphia native was sixth on the team with 55 total tackles and led the team with 6.5 sacks. He also recorded one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.

With Johnson’s injury, underclassmen Carlos Thompson and Channing Ward, among others, will see more reps during the spring season.

For more on Johnson’s injury and a complete practice report, checkout Thursday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE. (March 20, 2013)

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